September 17th, 2:45 pm
"If you aren't paying for the product...you ARE the product." Watch this new documentary on Netflix "The Social Dilemma" WITH YOUR FAMILY and see what rich conversation it can generate between you and your kids. I loved the powerful insights from behind the scenes of social media giants like the Founding Father of Virtual Reality and the co-inventor of the Like Button. But there is "drama" to it that might get a rise out of your teens. Model calm and productive conversation, listen well, and you'll all learn something about the truth behind the algorithms!
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August 20th, 9:47 am
Body Image- this is a booster and a reminder. Stay healthy and strong, women of all ages, inside and out. Thanks Fit4Mom! ... See MoreSee Less
August 7th, 10:49 am
Sometimes we forget to CELEBRATE! In this season, especially, let's not forget to celebrate our WINS. In our desire to "mourn with those who mourn" and empathize with others' hurts, which is beautiful and necessary, we can miss the chance to also "rejoice with those who rejoice" (Romans 12:15.) Acknowledging the difficulty but singing the joys of life helps us balance things back toward the good we can find. I hope this post is as thought-provoking and encouraging to you as it was to me. ... See MoreSee Less
July 23rd, 2:56 pm
Your voice is important! Make your voices count when you vote and fill out your census form. Join us for a virtual block party with speakers and games. Looking forward to seeing you there! ... See MoreSee Less
July 22nd, 11:15 am
I've used this curriculum and love their balanced and healthy approach to children, families and mindfulness. Passing on this event to you and yours. Should be excellent and especially timely.Join us Wednesday July 29th (2pm PT/5pm ET) for an inspirational conversation with Goldie Hawn and Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin (Dr. J) who is an expert in diversity, equity and racial justice. Transforming negativity into positivity, we will explore ways to transform our mindset from a place of uncertainty, pain, and grief to one of optimism, joy and love. Dr. J will bring her expertise in racial healing and empowerment and leave us with strategies to increase student engagement and support our own collective well-being. If you would like to join us, please REGISTER for this FREE event at tinyurl.com/ya38bxrl. If you can’t join us live, please register to view the event on demand.
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July 13th, 9:30 am
PRUNING- I wrote an article about it, but this hits home for kids (and me too!) in a whole new way. So thankful for these home-grown videos to keep the kids learning about God when they can't meet together. Just wanted to share. ... See MoreSee Less
June 29th, 9:22 am
Are you looking for ways your family can help this summer? Richmond Family Magazine’s Summer 2020 issue writes about Circles RVA, a community that surrounds one “leader family” at a time to end poverty. They deliver meals to 21 leader families every Tuesday night to maintain a consistent sense of community. They need families who can help by preparing or donating meals. If this appeals to you, or you can share it with someone who would like to take part, contact Kristin Blalock, Community Coordinator at email@example.com or visit their site at CirclesRVA.org. And please feel free to check out some parental guidance to help you and your family continue to grow in love and resilience in these times especially - richmondfamilymagazine.com/writer/susantownsendholt/. ... See MoreSee Less
June 18th, 11:20 am
From my work with Community West Church which serves West End Richmond with authenticity and heart. Hope it helps.SIMPLE PARENTING TIP (from Susan Holt): Start the conversation about racism gently, at your child’s level
Like many of us, I feel totally unqualified to help the children in my small world talk about racism. But I have begun to learn (much later than I should have) by listening to the experts, people of color who also love the Lord. Here are some words of wisdom I’ve gained so far:
Begin with ourselves:
Psalm 139:23 “Search me oh God and know my heart…”
The Parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:27-35 with this video. youtu.be/MLzdQtetedc
Then talk about how the Samaritan crosses a cultural divide to follow God’s Greatest Commandment.
God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell - celebrating God’s idea to have lots of different people loving Him and loving each other.
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner – I love the rhyming text
Friendshapes by Rosenthal & Lichtenhell – This is a book I’ve used often to teach children how to accept differences of any kind. ... See MoreSee Less
June 15th, 1:32 pm
For our kids and us too...Learning these skills starts early. ... See MoreSee Less
June 12th, 8:22 am
One of my favorites! Easy to read and easy to apply!!EPS Presents: Our Book Recommendation of the Week - For Parents
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish is commonly referred to as the ultimate Parenting Bible is a timeless and beloved book which provides parents with tools to effectively communicate with their child(ren).
This best selling classic includes new insights and suggestions as well as the authors “time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships including innovative ways to: set firm, fair and friendly limits, use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline and resolve family conflicts peacefully. My favorite aspect of this amazing parent resource is the manner in which the authors facilitate relationships with children of all ages making parenting less stressful as well as more rewarding and enjoyable.
Parenting is the biggest job we will ever have and we have one chance to get it right! This text is a must read for all parents who desire to improve and/or maintain their current relationship(s) with their child(ren)! ... See MoreSee Less
June 11th, 9:06 am
EPS Faculty Meg Zehmer recommends: Fever 1793 - for children ages 10-14.
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson provides the reader with a realistic portrayal of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. During the summer of 1793, a young girl named Mattie Cook lives above the family’s coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. “Mattie spends most of her day avoiding her chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen.” Then, the fever breaks out and quickly sweeps through the Philadelphia streets destroying everything in its path. Mattie’s world is quickly turned upside down.
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented times and uncharted territory that we are currently experiencing, the content of this text is something which students can easily identify with. Not only is this historical fiction a great summer read, it is a perfect way to kickstart required summer reading for children ages 10-14 in grades 5th - 9th. This book is not only an enjoyable read but also teaches children the importance of perseverance and resilience; two important qualities our children need now more than ever. ... See MoreSee Less
May 31st, 10:49 am